Mobile Computers

Mobile computing involves interaction between the user and a small, portable computer device that can be used on site or in the field. The main aspects that comprise a mobile computer are: hardware, software, operating system and communication/wireless service provision. Modern mobile computers also often feature a raft of features; including camera, barcode scanner, phone and Internet access. This coming together of what have historically been features available on separate devices, is often referred to as Convergence.

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European mobile transactions rocket, but emerging markets lead the way for mobile wallets

European mobile transactions rocket, but emerging markets lead the way for mobile wallets

A major study of mobile wallets, released by payments fintech Boku, with data from Juniper Research, reveals that Europe will be home to four of the ten fastest-growing countries for mobile payment transactions by 2025. 

Ergonomic Solutions brings modularity and flexibility to the heart of tablet-based retail and hospitality applications

Ergonomic Solutions brings modularity and flexibility to the heart of tablet-based retail and hospitality applications

The Ergonomic Solutions Group, creator of SpacePole mounting & mobility solutions, has released two new TabPOS tablet solutions designed for TabletPOS and a wide range of applications in both the retail and hospitality industries.

Acorn Industrial Services transforms their distribution operation with ‘PODStar’ Proof of Delivery system from Touchstar Technologies

Acorn Industrial Services transforms their distribution operation with  ‘PODStar’ Proof of Delivery system from Touchstar Technologies

Acorn Industrial Services Ltd is part of Axel Johnson International, a global industrial group of more than 120 companies in 28 countries. Supplying genuine, high quality engineering and maintenance products, and with over thirty years’ experience in distribution, Acorn has built a strong reputation for outstanding customer service, product choice and customer solutions.

Handheld announces new version of the NAUTIZ X6 ultra-rugged Android phablet

Handheld announces new version of the NAUTIZ X6 ultra-rugged Android phablet

Handheld Group, manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, has launched a new version of its NAUTIZ X6 ultra-rugged phablet, a handheld computer that combines the big-screen functionality of a tablet with the go-anywhere performance of a rugged phone.

Mobile shopping persists amid global reopenings with purchases Up 30% January to May 2021, says new report from Liftoff and App Annie

Mobile shopping persists amid global reopenings with purchases Up 30% January to May 2021, says new report from Liftoff and App Annie

Liftoff, a global performance-based mobile app marketing optimisation platform, in partnership with the global data and analytics company App Annie and native mobile app platform Poq, has released its annual mobile shopping apps report detailing the rapidly-growing market. The study reveals a historic and prolonged surge in mobile shopping apps use in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as Android’s outperformance of iOS in key marketing metrics.

Advantech AIW-355 5G module accelerates the next wireless transformation

Advantech AIW-355 5G module accelerates the next wireless transformation

Advantech, the global provider of industrial wireless solutions, has released the newest member of the AIW-300 series - the AIW-355.

77% of UK T&L leaders believe that mobile tech will be critical to deliveries within 5 years

77% of UK T&L leaders believe that mobile tech will be critical to deliveries within 5 years

Two-thirds (77%) of the UK’s transportation and logistics (T&L) leaders (71% globally), believe that mobile-first technology will be critical to deliveries in just five years’ time, new global research from mobile and IoT management solutions provider, SOTI, has found.

No internet? No problem: how retailers can improve their customer experience even without connectivity

No internet? No problem: how retailers can improve their customer experience even without connectivity

By Huw Owen, Head of EMEA & APJ at Couchbase.

We live in a mobile world: a quick glance at the street or train carriage will surely reveal armies of people busy scrolling on their phones or tablets. All of them will expect a reliable connection as standard. 

New line of Honeywell rugged, mobile computers empowers workers to better support growing e-commerce demands

New line of Honeywell rugged, mobile computers empowers workers to better support growing e-commerce demands

Honeywell has announced its latest family of rugged enterprise mobile devices designed for workers that pick, pack, sort and deliver e-commerce orders to keep the retail supply chain moving smoothly from factory to consumer.

inurface brings tech to new Sports Direct flagship store

inurface brings tech to new Sports Direct flagship store

Sports Direct’s new concept store on Oxford Street is claimed to represent a new age in bricks and mortar retail. The space has been transformed into an experiential hub for customers with technology never seen before within this setting.

Mobile computing

Today with the proliferation of a new generation of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and PDAs, the emphasis is increasingly shifting to mobile and multi-device user experience, mobile social computing, next generation mobile solutions, mobile cloud services and infrastructure. Information that is readily available on a personal device anywhere, anytime has been the driving vision of mobile computing for the past two decades.

Mobile computing has three aspects: mobile communication, mobile hardware, and mobile software. The first aspect addresses communication issues in ad-hoc and infrastructure networks as well as communication properties, protocols, data formats and concrete technologies. The second aspect is on the hardware, e.g., mobile devices or device components. The third aspect deals with the characteristics and requirements of mobile applications.

Rugged Mobile devices and PDAs are used in field service and workforce management applications. They are particularly useful for field service engineers recording work in the field, communicating information back to an office environment -sending and receiving invoices, ordering parts. They are commonly used in parcel delivery with couriers using these devices to scan barcodes and record signatures as proof of delivery.

Innovations in wireless technology, energy-efficient portable hardware and adaptive software, has enabled a massive growth in the use of these devises for businesses across the enterprise or for personal and social use. These devices are now so versatile that employees are using smartphones for business applications (BYOD –Bring Your Own Device)

This phrase has become widely adopted to refer to employees who bring their own computing devices – such as smartphones, laptops and PDAs – to the workplace for use and connectivity on the corporate network.

BYOD Security - Employees using personal smartphones and mobile devices at work, pose a security risk. Many corporations that allow employees to use their own mobile devices at work implement a BYOD security policy that clearly outlines the company's position and governance policy to ensure network security is not compromised by employees using their own devices at work.

Email and Web access is a reality that is experienced by millions of users worldwide through their smartphones and tablets. Hot spot access points for Wi-Fi connection are becoming more prevalent and widespread, even in London`s underground network.

Cloud computing is evolving as a new paradigm of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet. The confluence of hardware virtualization, cloud and mobile computing drives the new era of mobile cloud computing. Platforms such as android, iOS, Windows 7 erodes the power of computing platforms like Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS and is creating cross platform app centric environment in which end-users and in particular the consumer marketplace will drive developments in business computing. There are endless possibilities that can be brought about with the mobile cloud in the near future.

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